There are many opportunities for you to become involved in your sponsored child’s life by participating in our Birthday, Easter, and Christmas programs. We suggest $25 for each sponsored child. This allows us to use the funds collected to purchase gifts as well as organizing parties for the children. You are also welcomed and encouraged to visit your sponsored child in Uganda while a part of a Show Mercy trip. The children get so excited when they get to meet those who have been sowing into their lives through finances and encouragement….
Here are a few suggestions when writing your child: Write about things that your sponsored child will understand, such as family, pets, work, church, hobbies, tastes in food, music and activities. Encourage your child’s learning and remind your child that you are thinking of them often and praying for him/her. Please do not discuss politics or governmental issues. Please do not ask your child if there is anything they need or desire. We are working with our children to be thankful for what they have received and helping to break them out of a “poverty” mindset. When you are in great need, you can find your provision through begging, but we are training up our children in a different way. To ensure your privacy, please do not include your address or contact information in your letter. Please mail your letter to: Show Mercy International PO Box 1003, Port Gibson, MS 39150.
We do provide opportunities for you to participate in purchasing larger gifts but please do not feel obligated. Our team in Uganda uses the funds collected to purchase gifts as well as organizing parties for the children. Some of the holidays we celebrate with our children are: Birthdays, Easter, Primary School Graduation and Christmas….
Yes and we encourage it. SMI has planned trips several times a year that you are welcome to join. On this trip, you will have the chance to meet and spend quality time with your sponsored child. We ask that you do this through an organized Show Mercy trip and not independently. However, if you are visiting Uganda independently, you are welcome to set up arrangements through our SMI team to visit your child. The children often ask when their sponsors will visit them. They get so excited to meet and spend time with those who have sown into their lives both financially and through encouraging letters. You will certainly be impacted in a powerful way when you come and visit the child that has been a part of your life.more info
Depending on the age of the child, and where they are currently in school, will determine how long the child is a part of the SMI program. If you make a commitment to sponsor a child and are unable to continue, we ask that you help us find a new sponsor for that child. You can help by encouraging your friends or family to adopt your sponsorship so we can continue helping your child.
The majority of the children we are working with live with a parent/guardian. SMI is partnering with Hope Children’s Home and caring for close to fifty children. However, we are moving our program to a community based care model and the remaining Hope kids are transitioning into family village life.